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OK...so it's really over 13 months but the guy was busy...lots of "installation" work on his plate.
From the Doc:
- Perfect ROM ( 0 / +135 ). Told him I wanted 140; he was skeptical that the number could be attained with the artificial joint. Guess I'll never sit back on my heels again (that's 161).
- Perfect alignment, no wobbles, scar healed.
- Cautions: No running, treadmills (elliptical only), skiing, HOCKEY (no kidding). Stay away from anything that causes impact to the knee...like twisting, jumping and landing hard playing basketball. I posted a list previously...he concurred.
- Clicking, popping clunking... Bad news campers...probably permanent. His exact words: "What do you expect? It's metal on plastic!". It may quiet down but I don't expect it to...neither should you. Small price to pay for walking without pain.
- Not happy with my quads but understood the condition because of my stenosis midway through the recovery plus the recent spine surgery. Told me to hit the gym as soon as I get clearance from the neurosurgeon.
- Looking forward to seeing me again as soon as I need the other one replaced...I'm not...but it is inevitable...
Most of you know that I've had 28 surgeries (mostly minor) in the past 17 years including a hip replacement and back fusion. The knee was the absolute worst in terms of pain and recovery time. If you've gotten past the year mark, you can look back and remember the times you thought you'd never survive it, begged for the pain to stop, wanted to kill your PT sadist, wonder if you would ever be whole again. Guess what?
You CAN'T be whole again! Your original knee is gone, goodbye. But what you have in your body is a miracle of science that will allow you to live a decent life again, one with new horizons, new challenges, new skills to master...one without pain. It takes a long time to get here...like a whole year. Expect it...if you do it quicker then count your blessings. Most of us really struggle with this but find strength we didn't know we had.
For me, I still have all that rehab work to do in the gym once I get past the spine issues. Get to the gym and kick some serious a$$... I'm getting anxious to start again...another month should do it. Targeting September for a full recovery. Who knows...maybe a gentle glide on some new blades...
Keep the faith, brothers and sisters. We live to fight another day!!!
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